domenica 25 ottobre 2009

Glenn Hauser logs October 25, 2009

** CHINA. Firedrake Oct 25: at 1323, nothing on 8400 or 9000, poor on 10210. But at 1444, 8400 was sufficient, nothing on 9000 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. RHC Oct 25: this date at 0538, 6140 in Spanish instead of English; Spanish also on 6120, 6000, English on 6060 and 6010, where Arnie Coro still going past 0600, so DXers Unlimited started late again.

Phone-ringing continuously now seems confined to Cuba`s spy-number frequencies, such as 5800, Oct 25 at 0543 along with big hum, prior to hourtop modulation also heard.

11760 spurs: first check around 1250 Oct 25, usual het to 11705 Venezuela via Cuba from 11708 and the match around 11812. Did not measure or search out the others yet, but when I did start to do that at 1326 they were all gone; switched transmitters in the meantime?

6000, big open carrier, surely would have been RHC, Oct 25 at 1314 while 5965 was modulating normally. Next check at 1441, both were playing parallel poetry.

As usual, the DentroCuban jamming command gets caught with its pants down on seasonal change dates. Altho Radio Martí behavior is extremely predictable, jamming against nothing still going on abandoned 11845, Oct 25 at 1433, and NO jamming against RM reactivated on 15330, excellent at 1437; now scheduled 14-20 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CZECHIA [and non]. R. Prague now shifted one UT hour later for B-09, Oct 25 at 1405 on 13580, mailbox already with lots of listener reaxion to reports that R. Prague may be banned from shortwave.

I went back and listened to the whole thing on the audio archive for 10.25 which is available for a week at
The mailbox starts already four minutes into the file, followed by Letter from Prague at ten. One could also hear it on the WRMI repeats into Monday 1400 on 9955.

In those six minutes, announcer explained that the Foreign Ministry is reducing the budget for 2010 by 20 percent. May result in reduxion of SWBC as of Jan 1, 2010. Current sked valid until Dec 31. Now in talks with ministry and new sked to be agreed on by yearend, depending on developments. All the info we have at moment, as negotiations still taking place. English sexion is really touched by letters of support, many from those who have been regular listeners for sesquidecades but rarely write in, such as Mike Terry from UK and Sheryl Paszkiewicz (pronounced as if it were a Czech name; the spelling is Polish, but she says she is part Czech), Andy Reid, Roger Tidy, Chrissy Brand and other familiar names (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY. 11985, VOA during reporters` discussion in English, Sunday Oct 25 at 1434, with long/short path echo. B-09 scheduled as Lampertheim, 100 kW at 108 degrees, so another European signal normally heard via short path off the back, also making it around the far way (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GERMANY [non]. DW in German with sports coverage, but surely not live at this hour, 0539 Oct 25 as now in B-09 scheduling, with huge echo, must be two sites running at once, unsynchronized. Yes: Sines, Portugal is in use 0400-0743, -0755 on weekends, and Skelton, UK also starts at 0500, switching to Woofferton at 0600. However, at 0612 check, no echo so perhaps Woofferton is synchronized with Sines, while Skelton is not.

DW have done this before, doubling up transmitter sites on their favorite frequency to Europe, but it seems they have to re-learn each new season that feed delays need to be adjusted to avoid echoes! Even so they are likely to interfere with each other depending on skip distances and locations. It looks like there is another big overlap on 6075 at 17-20 between Sines and Woofferton (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. VOG now on 15650 at 1338 Oct 25, Greek music and announcement, but by 1551 check was back on 15630, so Miraya FM is still safe on 15650 from 1500 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDIA. AIR `9470` Aligarh blob seemed centered on 9460, Oct 25 at 1321 bothering 9455-9465 at least (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INDONESIA. 4750, RRI Makassar, Oct 25 at 1319 presumed the one on top of CCI with singing. Other 4750s being Qinghai and/or Bangladesh.

Did not get to VOI before 1400 Oct 25, but presumably still clear on 9525.9. At 1416 inserting an English ID, they are now clear for the Malay hour, more like 9525.8 (Glenn Hauser, OK DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** INTERNATIONAL. Too much going on the first day of B-09 requiring lower bandscans, but a quick check of 13m Oct 25 at 1435 found The Spanish triad, the Saudi triad, Portugal and Libya all audible. Even when this happens, adjacent `15m` hamband is normally dead, but today it too was full of SSB signals. It takes a contest to get the hams to try 21 MHz (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** JAPAN [non]. 5955 with NHK IS, Oct 25 at 1313, new frequency for Indonesian via Yamata at 1315 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH [non]. Having heard it yesterday, checked 5910 again Oct 25 at 1412 for Shiokaze from Japan. Something was there but could not tell what; not found on alternate 6120 yet, just Camping on 6115. Ron Howard reports Shiokaze just moved to 5985 despite Myanmar (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** LAOS [non]. Hmong Lao Radio reactivated via WHRI 11785, not only on Sat, but 13-14 UT Sunday, as confirmed Oct 25 at 1330 check in Hmong talk (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** MADAGASCAR [non]. Looking for reactivated clandestine Radio Mada once again Sunday Oct 25 at 1551: now on my portable, as noise sources are running in the shack, and I can only detect some weak signal on 15670, while 15640 is in analog German via Portugal, no more DRM. R. Mada is supposed to be using Pridnestrovye at 1530-1600 Sat & Sun only on 15670 ex-15640 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** POLAND [non]. As hoped, PRES has reaudiblized itself in NAm, after a summer of colliding with Indonesia on 9525v for the mid-day English broadcast, which was at 1200; now 1300, but not intentionally to NAm as really only for Europe: Oct 25 at 1326 fairly good signal in the clear on new 11675, 100 kW, 300 degrees via new relay site for Poland, i.e. Austria so also USward, talking about Poland and Czechoslovakia in WWI, and at first I guessed it was Prague as modulation is similar. Also could hear // but one-second-ahead 11860, under splash from YFR 11855. 11860 is far less favorable for us, NEward from Woofferton UK (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PORTUGAL. Nothing analogous making it from European 75m broadcasters, Oct 25 at 0555, but DRM noise spreading 3990-3995-4000, depriving Region 2 hams of the top ten kHz of their band. This is DW via Sines, and scheduled to switch to BBC Skelton at 0600 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** RUSSIA [and non]. VOR WS in English on new 9840, Oct 25 at 0532; lo-fi audio in music, then talk about a painter from Khabarovsk; also some co-channel QRM underneath. 0617 still on, ending a program about how the Russian language has shaped culture, something about Pushkin.
VOR now scheduled 04-07 on 9840 via Pet/Kam, 250 kW, 70 degrees to WNAm, in effect ex-13775 until 06 during A-09, which had become quite inaudible here weeks before. The CCI on 9840 could be a Moscow transmitter carrying R. Rossii also scheduled at this time to Europe.

7335 with very strong classical music, Oct 25 at 0535; can`t be Tunisia this early and not // 7275. Instead, as quickly revealed by Spanish announcement at 0538, is La Voz de Rusia, the GUIANA FRENCH relay extended an hour later since DST is irrelevantly over in Moscow, at 0200-0600, 250 kW, 318 degrees and also USward. Tunisia is now scheduled to start 7335 at 0700, only a semi-hour overlap with // 7275 until 0730.

Just as I expected, the motorboating transmitter from Petropavlovsk/ Kamchatsky on 5920 in the A-09 season has been transferred to 6075 for the B-09 season: Oct 25 at 1308, Radio Rossii with the unstable carrier rumbling against itself, but also some other co-channel QRM under, while abandoned 5920 was open. BBC Indonesian via Thailand is now on 6075 at 1300-1330.

Listened carefully with BFO on at 1359 to hear if the mystery CW marker 8GAL would be back on 6074 just as RR signs off (see numerous reports in Jan-Feb-Mar DXLD issues). BFO emphasized that zero-beating this wobbly carrier was impossible. But no sign of 8GAL thru 1402. There were however, two unsynchronized timesignals mixing, one the final gasp of RR and carrier not cut until 1401*. What else could be on 6075 at 1400? DW via Woofferton; CRI via Kashgar, East Turkistan, is starting Urdu, and per the preliminary new Aoki B-09 schedule at
ChiCom CNR1 jamming and RTI are also starting 6075 at 1400.

6005 in Japanese, Oct 25 at 1316; this is now VOR via Komsomol`sk/Amure  (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SAIPAN. Extremely distorted signal in Chinese circa 9705, Oct 25 at 1418, spreading down to 9695 and up to 9725, but peaking at 9705; identity soon given away by VOA jingle. At 1430 found carrier to be at constant level per meter, but modulation bursts went on and off.

In B-09 this is scheduled as SAIPAN site, 100 kW, 310 degrees in Cantonese at 14-15, and same at 13-14 on different azimuth, 285. Is anyone paying attention at IBB? Of course, you can`t really monitor your own signal accurately right at the site, as everything is overloaded, but that`s no excuse with remote receivers available, and there should be metering from the transmitter which would reveal something is very, very wrong (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN [non]. REE via COSTA RICA, which was caught trying 5975 instead the night before until 0615, back on usual 5965 Oct 25 at 0544 producing usual big SAH and modulation mix with Vatican. Now both are scheduled to start 5965 at 0400, Vatican northward to Eu, and REE SEward to SAm, so no problem, right? Come to think of it, REE might have been avoiding RHC instead, which greatly expanded its usage of 5965 until 0500. 5975 is now in use by Rampisham 05-06 but available afterwards.

REE Cariari again active on 15170, hefty S9+22 level but usual muffled modulation in music, a pity, // weaker synchronized 15125, Oct 25 at 1440 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. It looks like VOT is victim of poor frequency planning for the English broadcast now shifted to 1330, which used to be audible in NAm altho not intentionally, at 1230 on 15450 (and last winter on 12035). But Oct 25, 2009 at 1334 found music on 12035 and then non-English announcement. VOT should have been in opening newscast then. Not sure what it was; could even have been Turkey with wrong program feed on the first confusing day of a new season, but Spain is scheduled right up until 1330 on 12035, and then V of Russia, Samara from 1400.

Besides Turkish on other channels, VOT now has Urdu scheduled 1300-1355 on 11985, and that program could be what was axually thrucoming on 12035. Further monitoring of this transmission obviously necessary.

Other VOT frequency for English at 1330-1425, 15300 has an even more obvious conflict, RFI using it straight thru from 0800 to 1700, and I think I was hearing a mix of the two as I tuned by. BTW, 12035 is now listed as the inferior Çakirlar site at 313 degrees, while 15300 is Emirler at 95 degrees.

Also noticed hyperenthusiastic sporting commentary on 15350, Oct 25 at 1340, presumably VOT as scheduled in Turkish 0700-1355. I guess they were having a Sunday afternoon sillyballgame (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U K [and non]. 7535, something in Chinese, but under heavy ute/RTTY QRM, Oct 25 at 1319. BBCWS Mandarin via Thailand, 20 degrees and so also USward scheduled here at 1300-1530.

9540-9545-9550 with DRM noise, Oct 25 at 1431. This is BBC via Woofferton, 100 kW at 114 degrees, tough luck for IRIB which is starting its analog Bengali service on 9545 at 1430, 500 kW, 100 degrees from Kamalabad, inaudible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) See also GERMANY [non]

** U S A. After catching WTTN, ESPN Spanish sportstalk from Wisconsin on its third harmonic 4740 yesterday, I looked for it again Oct 25 at 1319 and some later chex during that hour, but no sign of it. A quick fix? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Exactly one week after WWCR was caught on unscheduled 4755, it happened again, and now I am certain it is no accident. UT Sunday Oct 25 at 0551, VG signal S9+22, certainly not a spur, and not displaying any modulation problems, on 4755 instead of 3215 with preacher. 0557 announcer talked over preacher who was not finished, for at least a semiminute to give outro and contact info for show, Nashville Cowboy Church. As soon as this was over at 0558, modulation cut on 4755 for a few sex of open carrier and then off.

Immediately 3215 came back on with open carrier and 0559 resumed modulation with a fire-prevention PSA from Iowa State University, WWCR ID and into Battle Cry Sounding show. No frequencies mentioned.

Unclear why they would want to use 4755 instead of 3215, but there it is, and could happen at other times. Possibly a trial balloon to see if any USG users of the frequency object. This could also be bad news for Brasil`s Immaculate Conception. And I hope no one guessed 4755 was PMA Micronesia reactivated after two years of empty promises.

When WWCR experimented with 15820 instead of 15825 for a few weeks, there was a note on their frequency schedule page about that, but altho revised today Oct 25 for B-09, that page now says nothing about 4755: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. 5745, good S9+17 signal but very undermodulated in Spanish La Biblia Dice, soon giving Fámily Radio Oakland address. In B-09 WYFR is sharing 5745 with Radio Martí and WWRB during the course of a day.

7455 with very strong English preaching, Oct 25 at 1320. WYFR is now using this all the way from 0700 to 1345 at 315 degrees OKward, despite IBB Pashtun also on 7455 from Sri Lanka starting at 1200.

Also heard Harold Droning on new 6115, Oct 25 at 1411; relay via Petropavlovsk/Kamchatsky, RUSSIA.

5995 with Chinese talk, Oct 25 at 1313 --- atop Australia if it was there at all. This is also YFR via Pet/Kam in B-09 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [non]. VOA logs: see GERMANY, SAIPAN

** VENEZUELA [non]. Did not check for Aló, Presidente until 1759 UT Sunday Oct 25, and then found Hugo blustering away via CUBA on frequencies from biggest to least signals: 13750, 17750, 12010, 11690, and JBA on 13680. Not // RHC itself on 11760 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 15570 with open carrier, Oct 25 at 1438, whence? Nothing much is scheduled on this frequency now, earlier or later (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) ###